Day 2: Markets, Galata and more of Istanbul

Traveling in the low season, we carried the risk of bad weather. While our 1st day in Istanbul was nice and sunny, day 2 was forecasted cloudy for most of the part. We thought of using the time indoors at the 500 year old Grand Market.

The Grand Market
The Grand Market

Since we didn’t want to leave anything to the last day, we headed to the Galata Tower. At a 25TL entrance fee, it was a bit hyped (locals pays 5TL).

View from the Galata Tower
View from the Galata Tower

We picked up a grilled fish sandwich on the bridge below the Golden Horn – it was fresh no doubt. We didn’t want to spend on an expensive Bosphorus cruise, and found a cheaper option for 12TL for a 2 hour ride. Here are some shots from the cruise:

Restaurants under the bridge that serve fresh fish
Restaurants under the bridge that serve fresh fish

Old Custom's House
Old Custom’s House
Good view of the Galata tower from Kadikoy
Good view of the Galata tower from Kadikoy

As soon as the tour ended, we jumped on a bus to Eyup from where we got on to the teleferic to Pierre Loti – one of Istanbul’s highest point. The view in the evening was nothing short of majestic, coupled with a cup of Turkish tea.

Pierre Loti just before sunset
Pierre Loti just before sunset
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We had to take an early morning flight to Kayseri to visit Mount Erciyes on Day 3 of our Turkey Roadtrip.

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